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Teen dies after stolen car flips in St. Paul

Police say the 14-year-old victim was ejected from the car when it struck a light pole. Two other juveniles, including the 16-year-old driver, are in custody.

ST PAUL, Minn. — St. Paul police confirm that a teenage boy has died after suffering critical injuries when the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed and rolled in St. Paul Monday night.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Rose Avenue East and Sylvan Street just after 5 p.m., police said in a press release. Police say the 16-year-old driver of the stolen vehicle first crashed at Rice Street and Ivy Avenue, managed to drive away, and then crashed again at Rose and Sylvan. The vehicle flipped onto its side in front of a home.

The 16-year-old was charged Thursday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of vehicle theft/driving a stolen car.

When officers arrived, they found an injured 14-year-old boy outside the vehicle. He was rushed to Regions Hospital, where police spokesman Steve Linders says he later died. The victim was a passenger in the vehicle: Police say the teen driving and another 14-year-old passenger fled the scene but were caught, and are currently in police custody.

The teen has been identified as Eh Da Lay from St. Paul.

Linders says the vehicle involved in the crash was first stolen around 8 a.m. Dec. 4, when the owner left it running near 293 Atwater Street and stepped away. He looked over his shoulder and saw someone jump in and take off. 

Authorities had no contact with the vehicle until Monday, when officers spotted it on the 400 block of Maryland just before 5 p.m. and turned around to take a look. At that point, police say, the driver sped off and officers did not pursue. 

Linders says the driver was moving at a high rate of speed when he struck another vehicle at Rice and Ivy, kept going, and then hit the power pole at Rose and Sylvan. At that point the 14-year-old victim was ejected, and the stolen car came to rest on its side. 

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